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_MG_0201The winning Ridenour team by Johnny B Imagery

ERIE, MI (May 20, 2018) – “Kid Rocket” Chase Ridenour, from Perry, Michigan, used a lot of speed and a little luck to win the much-anticipated Hog Creek Showdown at Butler Motor Speedway Saturday night.  The first appearance of the Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP at Butler saw a huge crowd enjoy great racing while many other speedways suffered rain outs.

The youth movement led qualifying with Ridenour fastest overall, Quentin Blonde (Litchfield, Michigan) was fastest in his heat group and Onsted, Michigan’s Boston Mead was fastest in his heat group.

Quentin Blonde backed up his heat group quick time by charging to the Engler Machine & Tool heat win over early leader Dan McCarron.  Andy Teunessen, in the Home Pro Roofing Maxim, held off Ridenour to win the COMP Cams heat race.  Fostoria, Ohio’s Shawn Valenti took the RockAuto.com heat over Mead.

With twenty-seven cars, competition was stout in the B-main to make the feature.  Brad Lamberson, Mark Aldrich, Thomas Schinderle, Ricky Ferkel, and Justin Ward transferred to the feature.

Ridenour, in the seat of his father’s Maxim, worked his way from his fifth starting spot to second, and on lap six after a brief caution, charged around early leader Boston Mead.  Mead did his best to retake the lead, but Ridenour eventually drove off, leaving Mead to finish second.  Ridenour sliced through traffic and opened up his lead until lap 23 when disaster nearly struck.  Ridenour had to take evasive action to avoid a lapped car in turn four that got out of shape and, in spite of contact, kept his cool and his lead over Mead.  Ridenour then charged to the win followed by Mead, Chad Blonde, Shawn Valenti, and Dan McCarron.

Brad Lamberson, in the Kirkendall GFI, charged from the sixteenth starting spot to finish seventh, earning the KSE Hard Charger Award.  Joe Swanson had a frustrating night, dropping out of the feature early, earning the Allstar Performance Better Luck next Time Award.  Josh Turner and Ryan Ruhl saw decent runs evaporate when they had to go to the work area for tire changes.

Qualifying – Lane Automotive/MSD Ignition Fast Masters (fast qualifiers) $50 each

Group Time # Driver
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 13.521 5QB Quentin Blonde
COMP Cams Heat 13.201 11R Chase Ridenour
RockAuto.com Heat 13.398 27B Boston Mead

 

Heat Races

Engler Machine & Tool Heat #1
  # Driver Contingency
1 5QB Quentin Blonde
2 22M Dan McCarron
3 7J Joe Swanson Benic Enterprises
4 10s Jay Steinebach Racing Optics
5 11 Trey Smith
6 1a Mark Aldrich
7 41 Thomas Schinderle
8 24 Eric Smith
9 8W Josh Ward

 

COMP Cams Heat #2
  # Driver Contingency
1 5 Andy Teunessen
2 11R Chase Ridenour
3 5b Chad Blonde Benic Enterprises
4 4T Josh Turner Racing Optics
5 71H Ryan Ruhl
6 0 Ricky Ferkel
7 21T Troy Chehowski
8 24+ Mike Schumaker
9 52 Zac Broughman

 

RockAuto.com Heat #3
  # Driver Contingency
1 7 Shawn Valenti
2 27B Boston Mead
3 77z Zane DeVault Benic Enterprises
4 7X Nic Rogers
5 49T Gregg Dalman
6 27k Brad Lamberson
7 8 Justin Ward
8 27W Ty Williams
9 39 Tylar Rankin

 

B-Main

  # Driver
1 27k Brad Lamberson
2 1a Mark Aldrich
3 41 Thomas Schinderle
4 0 Ricky Ferkel
5 8 Justin Ward
6 24+ Mike Schumaker
7 8W Josh Ward
8 21T Troy Chehowski
9 27W Ty Williams
10 24 Eric Smith

 

Feature

  # Driver Awards Contingencies
1 11R Chase Ridenour Rod End Supply
2 27B Boston Mead Jim Coffey & Son Rod End Supply
3 5b Chad Blonde Rod End Supply
4 7 Shawn Valenti Schoenfeld Headers
5 22M Dan McCarron ATL Racing Fuel Cells
6 5 Andy Teunessen
7 27k Brad Lamberson
8 77z Zane DeVault
9 5QB Quentin Blonde King Racing Products
10 41 Thomas Schinderle
11 49T Gregg Dalman Keizer Aluminum Wheels
12 4T Josh Turner
13 0 Ricky Ferkel
14 7X Nic Rogers
15 71H Ryan Ruhl
16 10s Jay Steinebach
17 8 Justin Ward
18 11 Trey Smith
19 1a Mark Aldrich
20 7J Joe Swanson

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger – Brad Lamberson
BR Motorsports Contingency (feature top 10 draw) – Zane DeVault
DMI (Diversified Machine) Contingency (feature 12-16 draw) – Josh Turner
Perfit Corporation Lucky Dog – Joe Swanson
Allstar Performance Better Luck Next Time – Joe Swanson

For more information about Butler Motor Speedway, go to www.butlerspeedway.net and the speedway’s Facebook page at https://goo.gl/csxUkX.  To learn more about Engine Pro, go to www.enginepro.com.  For more information about ARP, go to www.arp-bolts.com.  Follow SOD at www.sprintsondirt.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sprintsondirt.

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